Ten National Parks to See Before You Die

By CNTraveler.com - 2014-07-21T17:46:04Z

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Denali National Park and Preserve


The 91-mile Park Road accesses Denali's vast subarctic wilderness with North America's tallest peak and an abundance of wildlife.

Size 9,492 square miles (about the size of Vermont).

Light Brigade Crowds peak around summer solstice, when the sun rises at 3:45 a.m. and sets at 12:30 a.m.

The Easy(ish) Way Only 1,600 Denali Park Road lottery winners—400 for each of four days every year—can drive in the park, carrying all the rubbernecking passengers they can hold (907-683-2294).

The Wheeled Way Gaze at Denali from the shuttle bus stop at Stony Hill Overlook (mile 61).

Creature Feature Shuttle drivers try to spot the Big Four: Dall sheep, caribou, moose, and grizzly bear.

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P.S. The "High One," as Athabascans call it, a.k.a. Mt. McKinley, reveals itself at mile 9 of Park Road.

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